To fight something we must believe in it and the worst part here is that a person going through some kind of mental disorder fights two fights within, one with the illness and the second one with the society and their friends and family who blame him for his situation, who label him saying he is playing victim cards, and say things they should never say to a person going through such a phase in life.
Mental health stigma needs to be smashed and here is how we can contribute as a society.
1.) Educate Yourself
Often, people don’t recognize or know the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses like clinical depression. We need to understand that there is a huge difference between self-diagnosis and clinical-diagnosis. More and more awareness is possible only when we learn the right language and use a sensitive tone to talk and discuss mental healthcare.
2.) Talk about it
Mental health stigmas can be smashed with a little vital approach. There are people who need validation, the courage and strength to open up and when we talk about our condition, we somehow enable others to open up and talk. Talk about your mental health condition like you talk about your headache, stomach ache, or acidity.
3.) Be kind to people with mental disorders
Be kind to people with mental health issues, you don’t have to sympathize with them or make them feel pity themselves but at least we must be able to empathize with them, understand them and listen to them with an open mind.
4.) Be open about seeing a counselor
The best way to beat the mental health stigma is to talk about it and when we talk about it, we normalize the stereotypes attached to it. Typically people do not visit a counselor or therapist even they are going through deep mental health issues, but for good mental health just like our physical health, we must see a counselor.
5.) Be a mental health advocate
Yes, you can become a mental health advocate too. You do not need any degree or certification to promote wellness and good vibes , all you need is a tough determination and pure intention.
Much love and gratitude